BOOKS TO LEARN ITALIAN

exercise with collage

The author of these books was Mr Alessandro Soriani, a teacher of Italian in Denmark.
As far as I know, there are two “Soriani” books, basic and advanced.
The advanced one has many pages with pictures, mostly sort of collages in an avantgarde style (they remember me of some work of the visual artists of “Gruppo 63”, like Pignotti or Ori).

There are many exercises with self-correcting schemes, which were quite used in the seventies. You had a question with two or three possible answers. If you hit the right one, you went forward, to the next question – if you hit a wrong one, according to the type of mistake, you were re-directed to a grammar explaination, or a conjugation chart, etc. and from there you could start again.

a self correcting exercise

It is a “if…then goto…” scheme that you were going to find some years after in the basic programming, ervidently the computer revolution was in the air, but the hardware was still not available to the masses.

DRILLS TO LEARN ITALIAN

Some of you asked me about this exercise… it is one of the nicest in this nice book, I like it because you do not need to do copies, and you can do it also by yourself (in these old books there are many exercises you can do without the teacher, probably they were meant also for self-teaching).

Here you have a small story, and then the story is repeated with some blanks in place of some words, then is repeated again with more words “erased” and so on, until in the end there are more blanks than written words. The idea is every time to cover the previous text and try to figure out the missing words, and again and again until you are almost able to remember the whole text. It is very good to learn words, lexical chunks, and grammatical modules. It is not so different with the things you used to do in the language laboratories…

You can do it very easy in class, or even alone, with some text you like, erasing the words every time.